In the summer issue of YALS the article “Learning from Each Other: Successful Mentoring/Protege Relationships” provides an overview of the skills and knowledge that successful mentors and protégés bring to mentoring relationships. Ideas include that:
- Both mentors and protégés have to be self-reflective and understand their own skills and needs as they get ready to mentor someone else and/or seek support from another person.
- Mentors need to know how to facilitate thinking while protégés need to listen and know how to ask good questions.
- Mentors need to be open to learning from their protégés and protégés have to be open to failure and learning from that failure.
Readers of YALS most likely have some ideas of their own about successful relationships of this kind with experiences that highlight what works and doesn’t work. Now is the time to let others know – from your perspective what does a successful mentor/protege relationship entail?
Add your thoughts, ideas, questions, and comments on this topic in the comments. (You may also want to respond to the thoughts, ideas, questions, and comments that others post.)
YALSA members and YALS subscribers can read the article (and the full issue) online in the Summer 2017 digital edition (Login required).